Are You a Feature or a Benefit?


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The job economy is an extremely competitive field. No matter the industry you are looking to get into, every single company in the world would rather have an employee who does more than just the tasks they are told to, but instead, goes above and beyond the simple task and is an actual asset to the business. This leads to the question of: which are you? Are you someone who will just do the bare minimum to get by or will you actually do what you can to benefit the company? Of course, a business will always choose the latter; someone who actually wants to do their job well is someone who will make it much farther up the ladder of success. Here are a few ways you can prove you will be an asset to the company to increase your chances of getting hired on to the position you are applying for:



1.      Identify your strengths and work on them.


·         First, you need to find out what your strengths are. If you don’t know what your talents are, how will you express them to an employer?

·         What are your natural talents? What talents do you have that you are inherently good at? Is there something you can improve but are already good at?

·         What is it that you can do which places you at a higher priority than someone else? Think of yourself like an employer would. An employer doesn’t know your backstory or how you struggled to get through rough times, all they see is what you show them. This can work for you or against you if you don’t have a lot to show them.

 


2.      Identify the needs of an opportunity and apply your strengths.


If there’s a situation where you can truly make a contribution, you need to find a way to use your strengths. Find an opportunity where you can truly shine and excel at. When you have shown your true colors and that you can be an asset, you’ll be at a much higher value as an employee.



3.      Expect the best but know the alternatives.


Stay positive throughout the process. You should expect to be hired but also be aware of other possible outcomes. Ask yourself what all the outcomes are and how likely they are to occur. What would each of these outcomes mean to you and what would you do if they happened? Always have a plan.



4.      Know your personal levels of commitment.


If you look into the future, do you think you’d be happy that you committed so much of yourself to this now? Ten years down the road, where do you think you’ll be with this career? Is this the career you truly want to go with? If you know the answers to these and are still happy with the outcome, go for it. Follow through with it and don’t let yourself back out of a great opportunity. If you don’t see yourself happy with any of the possible outcomes, you may not either have the levels of commitment needed or actually want to commit to this job.


If you can answer all these questions and prove them to be truthful to an employer, your chances of getting hired will be much higher. Again, businesses look for someone who will actually work to achieve the company’s goals and not just sit by idly waiting for a paycheck. Don’t just be another feature in the workplace, be someone who makes a change by actively being there. By being a benefit to the company, you’ll feel like you truly deserve the position and you’ll continue to work hard to continue being an asset.